June 1st. is almost here. My first ever endeavor into an Ironman event. My first relay, too.
Two weekends away, the Ironman 70.3 Raleigh returns for the second race. The inaugural last year was a huge success. I think the only real complaints I saw were weather related. It was hot that day. By the time you swim, then bike, the half marathon finish was in the heat of the day. No doubt it will be hot again this year. I mean, having a race here in June you can count on one thing, if nothing else. It will be hot!
You heard me right though when I said relay. I will only be doing the running portion.
I put my name out there to find a swimmer and a cyclist, or for them to find me. Luckily two young women from western North Carolina with roots here in Raleigh will be my partners for the Ironman Relay. Having just secured the team, ironing out the details now is the first order of business.
We will meet up (for the first time) at the Expo two weeks from tomorrow. We will grab our gear, and attend an athlete meeting where we will get all of the important details about the race. I will be racing with a team for the first time, and really on blind faith. Luckily this partnership has come together just in time.
I am looking forward to being a part of a team, and competing that day! It will truly be a unique experience. Who knows, We may even get a medal for our efforts.
Have you ever raced on a team relay? An Ironman Relay? I would be interested to hear your thoughts and stories.